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Centre, states to overcome challenges of internal security: Chidambaram

india Updated: Aug 17, 2009 13:20 IST

Announcing a two-pronged strategy to deal with Naxals, Home Minister P Chidambaram on Monday said the Centre and the states would act together to overcome all challenges posed to internal security.

At the conference of chief ministers on internal security, he also said some state governments in the northeast allowed themselves to bend before insurgent groups, making the fight against insurgency much more difficult.

"We will talk, we will act, we will restore order and we will undertake developmental activities" in Naxal-hit areas,
he said adding the affected states have resolved to confront and overcome the challenge of the CPI(Maoists).

Explaining the two-pronged approach, he said first the territory under Naxal dominance would be freed from the
Maoists and then development activities would be carried out.

The home minister said since the 26/11 Mumbai attacks the country has faced no terror strike but "it does not mean that
the threat of terror has vanished or receded."

"It is better intelligence and better preparedness that helped us thwart potential terror attack. We have cracked
several terror modules and made several significant arrests," he said.

Chidambaram said the Centre had commended to the states the idea of raising a state industrial security force on the pattern on the Central Industrial Security Force.

"There are multiple benefits in raising such a force and I would request state governments to respond to the suggestion," he said.

The home minister said the states as well as the central government share an onerous responsibility to ensure the welfare of the people.

"You (chief ministers) have the constitutional power and responsibility in respect of matters relating to 'public order' and 'police'. However, increasingly, jurists and the general public have emphasised the constitutional duty of the central government to protect every state against internal disturbance," he said.

Underlining the need for the central and the state governments to work together in a spirit of partnership, he said the conference could demonstrate a resolve to overcome the challenges to internal security.

The home minister said, "We will encourage state governments to talk to the Naxalites -- both individuals and local units -- on condition that they give up their misconceived armed liberation struggle".